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Beliefs – “Retreat (Light The Fire)”

Flying is a privilege, not a right—these people should cheer up and enjoy their aerial abilities. Granted, all the disappearing, reappearing and doppelgangerism is probably irksome.

And of course, this is all taking place in the Matrix, as we see at the end, but if you can’t celebrate what you’ve got in there, good luck in the real world!

“Retreat (Light The Fire)” comes from Beliefs’ latest, Habitat.

-Scott Bryson

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The City And Horses – Ruins

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“If all the girls are wearing headphones, how will they hear me singing Belle & Sebastian?”

It’s a knowing opening line. If Ruins is like anything, it’s like a Belle & Sebastian record. There’s more self-deprecation to wade through, but at its core, this is the life of—as singer Marc Cantone puts it—a boy in a woman’s world.

Ruins isn’t a huge departure from previous City And Horses albums, but it doesn’t need to be when the tunes are this catchy. The jingle-jangle sounds of sunny days and launderettes meet insecurity and anguished, Dr. Dog-style soul. Check out “Drag” below.

-Scott Bryson

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Fazerdaze – “Lucky Girl”

Anyone want to play Yahtzee?

This Fazerdaze video is thoroughly demented. Aside from it imparting the nagging suspicion that they probably snuck in some subliminal suggestions, you’re made to watch things that should not be destroyed get repeatedly chopped in half and smashed.

“Lucky Girl” comes from the debut LP, Morningside.

-Scott Bryson

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INVSN – “Immer Zu”

That is one heavily graffitied sidewalk. They’re all pretty lame tags, though. Amateurs. Is white the only paint colour you know how to use?

Surely, we’re not the only ones reminded of a Nine Inch Nails video, here? Eyeball close-ups… a group of boots tromping across a desolate cityscape…

You’re probably wondering what an “immer zu” is. It appears to be a German expression that means “keep it up,” though there’s an interesting thread on Lonely Planet about its possible uses in waltzing.

“Immer Zu” comes from INVSN’s recent The Beautiful Stories album.

-Scott Bryson

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Cub – “My Chinchilla”

Not much you can do about Satan peeping in your window, but why let him come in and use the phone and bathroom? You’re just asking for a permanent houseguest.

A YouTube commenter points out—and we’d never have noticed—that the face on Satan’s sun cut-out at 0:50 spells Cub. Another commenter wonders, “What show was this on!!!!”

“My Chinchilla” comes from Cub’s 1993 debut, Betti-Cola.

-Scott Bryson

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Winona Forever – “Keep Kool”

This may be the second most wholesome music video in existence.

It’s the dog book that really seals the deal here, but there are a few subtle gags to catch as well, like the Adidas sandal on the wall (the other’s in the plant) and the labelling of the groove consultant.

Vancouver’s Winona Forever (there’s also a café and a Minnesota-based band named after that infamous Depp tattoo) released a full-length last year. You can pick up “Keep Kool” for free (or donation) *here.*

-Scott Bryson

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The National – “Carin at the Liquor Store”

Don’t be fooled—there’s no liquor store in this video. We were expecting to see some liquor, maybe some beer, even this girl Carin, but all we get is negatives of some bearded dudes.

Also, that piano melody sounds like the one from “I Don’t Believe In The Sun.”

“Carin at the Liquor Store” is taken from The National’s upcoming Sleep Well Beast album.

-Scott Bryson

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